How do you know if an online writer platform is legit? Since new sites are born every week — promising ample assignments and fat paychecks for beginning writers! — I can’t do investigations on all the possible writing scams out there (though I’ve certainly looked into some that turned out to be outright ripoffs).
This blog has other topics to cover besides writing scams, like finding courage to put your writing out there, self-publishing, blogging best practices, and finding great freelance clients. So it’s important to know how to do your own research.
This post takes you through easy, quick steps you can take online to gather information about websites you’re thinking of paying for access to resources, job boards, or publishing opportunities.
I’m going to use a site I learned about recently as an example: Master Writing Jobs (no, I’m not going to link to them in this story and give them a backlink that might drive more traffic to their site. You can Google them if you want.)
I spent perhaps 30 minutes tops, researching this site to see what I could learn. And it wasn’t tough to see they weren’t a good value, even at their current ‘sale’ price of $34 for lifetime access.
If you’d like to avoid writing scams and learn how to verify online offers, read on:
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You’ve written a book, but it’s not selling like you had hoped. And you wonder, “Maybe some Amazon ads would help?”
Or maybe you’ve thought about writing a book but are afraid it will flop.
Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Every self-publishing author faces those fears at some point in their career.
Thankfully, there’s a platform that can make sure your book gets in front of exactly the right people.
You can place Amazon ads to promote your book using Amazon Marketing Services (AMS). And it doesn’t matter if your book is new or old. You can use Amazon ads to sell your book when you want and where you won’t on Amazon’s own platform.
And contrary to popular belief, you don’t need loads of time or a huge marketing budget for Amazon ads. You don’t have to be super techy or be a marketing guru. You don’t even have to be enrolled in Amazon’s Kindle publishing platform for authors anymore.
In fact, you can set up a long-term Amazon ad campaign using Amazon Marketing Services in less than 15 minutes and spend less than $10 per month.
Want to learn how to do this? Here’s what you need to know:
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If you find it tough to get psyched up to write, this post is for you. I recently received a letter from a new writer hoping I could help her find more writing motivation:
I’m Sherin from Indonesia, it’s such a pleasure to find you as someone I can look up to. I’ve been saying to myself that, I really want to be a writer. And I’m very passionate about being a freelance writer, especially in content writing and maybe in proofreading. I know I need to plan how am I going to do that, but I feel lack of confidence and I don’t really know where to start.
I think this will be a good opportunity to make my own income too. I’m still a student supported by my parents. But I just love the image of standing independently. Anyway, I am so sorry to bother you. I know that I need to have some good skill to become a freelance writer, and to become skilled, I need to learn and practice. And I don’t know how to do that.
Can you give me some tips or maybe some writing motivation?
Letters like this make me want to cry. Because I’m dedicated to helping freelance writers earn more!
I want to have tips and useful info for you. (And ESL writer or not, writers write in every language and there are clients all over the world, so any grammar errors you spot above are not important here.)
What’s the trouble then? When you ask me to give you some motivation, I’ve got nothing.
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If you’re new to freelancing, content mills can practically sound dreamy.
Pick your favorite gigs. Work when you want. Get paid like a rockstar.
Ahem…That’s not exactly what happens if you bank your freelance writing career on working for content mills.
On most platforms, you’ll find thousands, of writers scurrying around competing for writing jobs in a race to the bottom for low rates and a soul-sucking existence.
Can you earn pro rates at a content mill? It’s possible. But you’ll need to know where to look.
If you want the truth about how much content mills really pay, save yourself some time on the hamster wheel.
These 10 blog posts will give you an inside look at what it’s like to write for content mills, how they operate, and how much you can expect to earn.
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When you’re trying to book yourself solid, marketing to get more leads should be your priority. Ever heard of LinkedIn ProFinder?
It’s a tool you can use with your LinkedIn profile to get leads, bid on projects, and potentially land long-term clients.
Sounds good, right? After all, LinkedIn has 433 million users. And it’s a social media platform that’s defined itself as a place for business professionals.
LinkedIn ProFinder launched in 2015 as way to help users find talent and land freelance work. Over the last two years, it’s been widely used by business professionals in many industries. And it’s also gone through a series of changes. Now you’re probably wondering…
Does LinkedIn ProFinder work?
Let’s state the obvious, first: LinkedIn ProFinder is just one of many marketing strategies you can use to find clients.
Letters of introduction, query letters, in-person networking, social media marketing, and even cold calling, for example, still work.
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When you’re looking to earn a living as a freelance writer, there’s one important thing to know: Not all freelance writing jobs are created equal.
Some types of writing offer terrific pay, while others always seem to pay peanuts. If you focus your efforts on better-paying opportunities and avoid wasted time on niches that don’t offer pro rates, you’ll improve your odds of building a serious freelance income.
Recently, I’ve had quite a few coaching students announce plans to focus on niches where I believe there is little or no paid opportunity. So I think it’s time to call these out, so writers can avoid them.
Wondering which types of writing are unlikely to pay the bills? Here’s my list of the five worst types freelance writing jobs:
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